By Sally French, MarketWatch
There’s been a spike in trust of the media, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday.
The poll, which surveyed 14,300 people in September, found that 48% of Americans have either a “great deal” or “some confidence” in the press, up from 39% last November.
In November 2016, 51% of Americans said they had “hardly any” confidence in the press. That number has since dipped to 45%.
Of the most trusted news sources among Americans, British outlets have topped the list of late. The most trusted news source in the U.S. is the Economist — a venerable weekly magazine published in the U.K., according to a survey conducted by the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. The Wall Street Journal, owned by News Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201755982/composite NWSA +3.54% , the parent of MarketWatch, was ranked No. 8 among trusted news sources in the U.S.
And as American’s confidence in the media rises, their confidence in President Donald Trump falls.
In January, when Trump took office, 52% of Americans had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the president. That number dipped to 51% by May. In September, it dropped to 48%. In contrast, former President Barack Obama left office with 57% of Americans expressing confidence in his administration.
And if there’s one person who really has no confidence in the press, it’s Trump himself. Trump, who popularized the term “fake news,” has repeatedly slammed news agencies such as MSNBC and CNN. He once tweeted out a doctored video of himself body-slamming someone with a CNN logo on their head.
Tweets like this from the president are not uncommon:
And he doesn’t seem to have stopped. Here’s the latest from this weekend: